Setting up WordPress fails. Error: This does not seem to be a WordPress installation.

Posted October 13, 2019 4.9k views

Hi all,

I am running into this error after creating a WordPress One-Click Droplet and logging into the Droplet via SSH to finish the WordPress setup:

“Completing the configuration of WordPress.Error: This does not seem to be a WordPress installation.
Pass –path=path/to/wordpress or run wp core download.”

Can you someone help me on this issue? Thank you so much in advance.


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hi alexdo,

thanks for your reply. I ran the command and it prompts me this question:

**Error: YIKES! It looks like you’re running this as root. You probably meant to run this as the user that your WordPress installation exists under.

If you REALLY mean to run this as root, we won’t stop you, but just bear in mind that any code on this site will then have full control of your server, making it quite DANGEROUS.

If you’d like to continue as root, please run this again, adding this flag: –allow-root

If you’d like to run it as the user that this site is under, you can run the following to become the respective user:

sudo -u USER -i -- wp <command>**

Shall I run the command again as root or user?

Hello, I’m having the same error, I’m trying to make a new WordPress installation using DO Market Place I can’t continue after running the installation script.

Do you know if there is a fix already?

Hey, @anarsn

Have you tried to run the core download command as well?

wp core download

If not, can you try running it and let me know if everything goes fine with the installation?

Let me know how it goes.